Where does on point come from?
The are several historic uses of on point so get ready for a history lesson ...
The first relates to law enforcement and the military, with a person on point when stationed at their post or standing guard. This dates back to the 1880s.
The second concerns ballet, with a dancer on point when balanced on the tip of their toes. We can find uses of this phrase in the early 1900s.
The third involves the law. As early as the 1930s, on point described something as "relevant" in legal contexts. Think to the point.
It's hard to tell which of these three uses directly inspired the slang, but we can imagine how something "accurate," "in form," or "alert" became associated with excellence and style.
And, it seems we can thank hip-hop, too. In the 1990s, we can find on point for "ready to go" in hip-hop lyrics, which expanded to "being on one's game" or "right on."
And, then in the 2000s, on point especially named a stylin' outfit.
Who uses on point?
On point often describes an athlete or performer whose done something exceptional or is enjoying a hot streak.
Tatum on point 🎯 pic.twitter.com/9LpHs4Rbg5
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 24, 2018
Paris got that choreography on point‼everyone else take note 👈👉 pic.twitter.com/BwPG7Kt83p
— The LaFontaines (@TheLaFontaines) May 22, 2018
On point also frequently describes something as "excellent," especially when lookin' good or in its best form.
Bun game on point.
Off to shoot some new fitness wear before a busy day (aka DISNEY) xo pic.twitter.com/94kTz32r37
— Chelsea Green (@ImChelseaGreen) May 24, 2018
Guam's sky was on point tonight 😊 pic.twitter.com/d2SjXsfVmI
— Jermaine Alerta (@jermainealerta) May 22, 2018
Very often, on point characterizes a joke or observation as "spot on."
This A-Rod impression is on point😂😂 pic.twitter.com/I5jgexn1L9
— Baseball Central™ (@BaseballCentraI) May 23, 2018
Please read this thread by my friend who is a beautiful, intelligent, worthy human being! She is so on point rn. https://t.co/aG9cgWdNBr
— Winter (@wintersillusion) May 24, 2018
On point, finally, is ever fashionable.
Nicki’s outfit in her Chun Li performance was on POINT! Fashion Killa! 😍😍😍🔥 pic.twitter.com/Hmr0X2bUha
— Emma🌹🇬🇧 (@Emma_TMUK) May 21, 2018
Her acting has been on point for the last couple of episodes
williammiller (commenter), Oh No They Didn't!, February, 2012
my matching skills are on point even my hair goes with the outfit
@taylorndean, May, 2018
My boys will pull up on ya, homie, I ain't talkin' diapers / Walk into your function, on point, I'm like a sniper
T-Wayne, "Nasty Freestyle" (song), 2015